I have been making much progress towards publishing my first eBook, which I still hope is going to happen on or shortly before July 1st. I know my homemade cover looks nothing like a professionally designed one would (and I do hope to be able to afford a real cover at some point in the future). It’s also going to be a very short little eBook– only about 18 word processor pages.
(I can here the snorts and derision alreadey– ‘it took you a couple of months to write 18 freaking pages?!???’ Yes, actually. Empire Avenue changes and evolves every day and many of the sections have had to be re-written multiple times as changes on the Avenue made them inaccurate, in some cases within minutes of being written.) I play to continue updating, revising and expanding and expect to release new versions every month or so. I have tried to upload the book to iWriteReadRate– my friend Adam’s great new eBook site. Unfortunately, it did not work properly for me. The site produced a .pdf file that is 2700 pages long and has text in on the middle 1.5 inches or so of each page. Adam has his tech folks looking into it and I am hopeful of being ready to sell on that site by Friday.
Meanwhile, my project for today is to add and link a table of contents and make a couple of other changes to comply with the Smashwords style guide, which will enable me to upload to Smashwords, which would make my little book available via a huge number of eBook vendors including Amazon kindle, B &N Nook, etc. I am very hopeful of finding success in the brave new world of eBooks and honestly can’t wait to see what this week will bring.